A Tribute to Col. Brown, of the One Hun- dreth New-York. To the Editor of the New-York Times: The writer of this communication has seen with the deepest regret, amongst the list of killed in the recent battle before Richmond, the name of Col. JAMES M. BROWN, late of the One Hundreth Regiment New-York Volunteers. It was the fortune of the writer while at the Bar of Chautauqua County, to which Col. BROWN likewise belonged, to know well the sterling quality of the man whose life has now been given to his country. No person could have formed his acquaintance without discovering in him such traits of character as belong preeminently to the soldier. He was accomplished as a scholar; had mastered in civil life two professions--those of medi- cine and law--to which he added that of arms; pos- essed of a liberal taste for literature; was a ready and not inelegant writer, and crowned his acquirements by a generous valor which gave him the death of a hero. He served through the Mexican war in a sub- ordinate capacity; was chose after its close to the command of an independent company of infantry at Jamestown, N.Y., which he brought into a condition of high discipline, and always at heart a soldier, with more or less of reluctance gave himself up to the de- mands of his professional calling. The writer recalls, with a mournful remembrance, a conversation had with him years ago, in a time of cloudless peace, in which he expressed the true longing of the man who had once seen battle-fields, and whose soul would be foreveer in that glorious pass where immortality might be won. Col. BROWN was for several years a member of a prominent law firm at Jamestown, and though not conspicuous as an advocate, was regarded as a sound, clear-headed lawyer. He has fallen in the flower of his manhood--has earned thus early a soldier's grave. His noble county, which sent thousands of her sons to the war, will mourn over him even more deeply that she has mourned already over her brave WIL- LARD and BARRETT. I write with a sense of the most poignant sorrow that this estimable officer should not have survived this first engagement, and been spared for a career of distinction not thus fearfully abridged. When the history of this rebellion shall have been fully written, with how much costly blood will it not appear that this new covenant of the Union has been sealed. A finished gentleman, as accom- plished soldier, a most genial and estimable companion, is thus gone forever from the living. Yet he did his whole duty; he gave the last drop of his blood to the cause to which his heart was devoted, and has earned the right to have his name in- scribed with those of ELLSWORTH, and LANDER, and WINTHROP, on the scroll of his nation's heroes. I cannot omit to add that expression of personal grief which is due to one from whose intercourse I derived an invaluable pleasure, whose acquaintance was itself a benefaction, and with whom, on the eve of his departure for active service, I parted in the hope of results quite other than such as have befal- len. Vale, vale, lunge vale. He has won the choicest boon for which the patriot heart may offer prayer; has died the death which, of all others, it was his wish to die, and his name is now his country's. J.A.A. NEW-YORK, June 3, 1862.
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